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Air Force General Counsel Blog

Air Force General Counsel Blog

Covers legal issues faced by military lawyers, including the law of armed conflict, cyberlaw, military justice, and international law.

http://afgeneralcounsel.dodlive.mil/
  • Apr 2

    Signing Off

    Signing Off
    As our readers are no doubt aware, in recent months the Air Force has announced significant reductions to manpower and personnel, and our office is not exempt from these reductions. Due to reduced resources, the General Counsel's office is…
  • Apr 1

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation

    And the Band Played On – Climate Change and Climate Adaptation
    Two public events involving climate change and national defense coincided this week. The first involves Secretary of Defense Hagel and USAID Administrator Shah highlighting climate change's role in increasing regional political instability…
  • Mar 28

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?

    “milCloud” – Competing against the Private Sector?
    On March 18, the Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”) announced the milCloud service, a government-operated cloud tailored to DoD needs. Two computing centers have implemented milCloud for DoD’s unclassified network…
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Armillary Observations

Armillary Observations

Focuses on appellate law and military law.

http://hlime.wordpress.com
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that ……
  • Mar 24

    Defense: Planet of Giant

    Defense: Planet of Giant
    Planet of Giants came out last September on DVD, allowing us to inaugurate the second season in proper fashion. This serial may seem a poor candidate for the defense, as its relative lack of action and plodding dialogue meant that even its…
  • Mar 23

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker

    Prosecution: The Myth Maker
    Hello again, Mithradates here, and back on the job, sans my erstwhile partner. While I catch up on old reviews, I am continuing forward from my last stopping point, and have decided to post my impressions while they are still ……
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Burn Pit Claims

Burn Pit Claims

An analysis of trends and developments of claims arising out of exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan to burn pits. By Jon L. Gelman.

http://burnpitclaims.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 15

    Lawmakers Want Answers on the Effects of Iraq and Afghanistan’s Burn Pit

    Lawmakers Want Answers on the Effects of Iraq and Afghanistan’s Burn Pit
    Representatives in the US Senate and Congress have expanded their focus on the Veterans Administration's treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan war medical benefits and in particular the residuals of burn bit exposures. Today's post is shared…
  • Jun 20

    US VA Opens Burn Pit Registry

    US VA Opens Burn Pit Registry
    The US Veterans Administration has now opened its Burn Pit Registry:The registry is a database of information about Veterans and Service members collected through a questionnaire.OEF/OIF/OND or 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans and…
  • Jun 13

    US Supreme Court Set to Announce Decision in Burn Pit Case

    US Supreme Court Set to Announce Decision in Burn Pit Case
    The Scotus Blog is reporting  that the US Supreme Court may be announcing its decision on KBR's application to appeal on Monday.  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Burn Pit Lawsuit could go forward and KBR is…
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CAAFlog

CAAFlog

Covers military justice appellate practice.

http://caaflog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 27

    You can’t prosecute a machine

    You can’t prosecute a machine
    o it’s not a military justice story… yet. Over at Opinio Juris they’re talking about the brand new DoD Directive 3000.09 dated November 21, 2012: Autonomy in Weapon Systems. 4. POLICY. It is DoD policy that:
  • Nov 27

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter

    CAAF issues order to AFCCA in Carter
    CAAF today issued this order to AFCCA arising from the second petition for extraordinary relief in Carter v.
  • Nov 27

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again

    Top Ten Military Justice Stories Time Again
    Going to try something novel this year.  I am taking noinations for the Top Ten Military Justice Stories of 2012.  Leave comments on this post or on our Facebook page, here, with your nominations.  Much like all those reality shows, the…
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Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Sep 20

    Worth the read

    Worth the read
    Here are a couple of articles worth the read if you have some time this weekend. The Reliability of Assault Victims’ Immediate Accounts: Evidence from Trauma Studies, Melissa Hamilton, University of Houston Law…
  • Sep 14

    A mixed but really good result?

    A mixed but really good result?
    So, client is a medical provider initially accused of committing sexual contact by a, “fraudulent representation that the sexual contact served a professional purpose.” Six former patients alleged that when the client gave…
  • Sep 4

    CP distribution?

    CP distribution?
    Prof. Berman at sentecing law and policy invites our attention to an interesting new decision from the Third. US v. Husmann, No. 13-2688 (3d Cir. Sept 3, 2014) (available here) . We all of us have an a client who is charged with distribution…
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Dreadnaught

Dreadnaught

Covers military law.

http://dreadnaught.wordpress.com
  • Aug 13

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2

    Changing the Clip on a Spyderco Para-Military 2
    The Spyderco Para-Military 2 has four positions for the mounting of the clip.  To change the clip to another position you will need a T7 Torx screwdriver. I ordered mine from Amazon.com.  The total price for a 6-piece set was $5.31 plus…
  • Apr 24

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay

    Why President Obama Will Not Close Guantanamo Bay
    As regular readers of Dreadnaught will recall, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay within one year.  Then the president learned that it may not be so easy to close.  Congress then opposed the closing and withheld the necessary…
  • Apr 23

    Review of Spyderco Captain

    Review of Spyderco Captain
    I recently purchased a Spyderco  Captain.  This is my third Spyderco.  I purchased this knife from PDQ Blades.  Great customer service and fast shipping. This knife is no longer made by Spyderco, but you can still find it on ebay and…
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Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Sep 24

    Ten Years, Three BVA Remands, Grant of Service Connection. What’s next?

    Ten Years, Three BVA Remands, Grant of Service Connection. What’s next?
    Although we were only involved in the claim for the last year, after multiple now-final denials (dating back to the 1960s) and a request to reopen that has been pending over ten years at various levels of the adjudication process, ……
  • Sep 24

    Social Security Administration returns to mailing of benefit statement

    Social Security Administration returns to mailing of benefit statement
    In 2000, the Social Security Administration began mailing annual benefit statements to all workers age 25 and up. The benefit statements show the posted earnings history and the retirement and disability benefits available to the worker…
  • Sep 23

    Special Needs Trusts play Vital Role for SSI & Medicaid Recipient

    Special Needs Trusts play Vital Role for SSI & Medicaid Recipient
    A person with disabilities who is incapable of engaging in substantial gainful activity for self-support in the competititve workplace may be receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Medicaid benefits for health care that…
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Hill & Ponton Blog

Hill & Ponton Blog

Covers social security and veterans disability law.

http://www.hillandponton.com/blog/
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Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and…

Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog

Covers international laws of war, international law, related human rights topics, international NGOs, and the theory of the just war. By Professor Kenneth Anderson.

http://kennethandersonlawofwar.blogspot.com/
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Lawfare

Lawfare

Coveres actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions, including cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, and the state secrets privilege. By Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith and Robert Chesney.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/
  • Sep 29

    Khorasan: Not Quite Out of Nowhere

    Khorasan: Not Quite Out of Nowhere
    In a post this weekend, to which both Jack and Ben have already written responses, Glenn Greenwald suggests the Khorasan group is a “wholesale concoction” that appeared “seemingly out of nowhere” in the press in…
  • Sep 29

    Readings: Geoff Corn on Precautionary Measures in the Law of Armed Conflict

    Readings: Geoff Corn on Precautionary Measures in the Law of Armed Conflict
    When the Gaza war broke out over the summer, I’m certain I wasn’t alone in sighing and thinking, here we go again on the issue of precautions in attack. I’d wager that was so whatever views one holds on the underlying legal…
  • Sep 29

    Neustar? What’s a Neustar?

    Neustar? What’s a Neustar?
    Today’s New York Times opened with an above-the-fold story entitled “Spy Agencies Urge Caution on Phone Deal.”  The Wall Street Journal had a similar report, about “Security Concerns Arise with Phone Database…
Rank this Week: 186

Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Military Medical Malpractice Blog

Covers the Federal Tort Claims Act, Military Claims Act, military malpractice, military negligence and VA hospitals.

http://www.militarymedicalmalpracticeblog.com
  • Feb 5

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise

    Medical Malpractice Claims by United States Veterans Continue to Rise
    As thousands of soldiers returned home from overseas in recent years, American taxpayers have paid more not just for veterans’ medical care but for a surge in malpractice claims against veterans hospitals. Settlements and court…
  • Mar 20

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act

    U.S. Soldier Kills Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan & The Foreign Claims Act
    The recent horrendous murder of innocent civilians, including women and children, by an Army soldier in Afghanistan raises many questions as to how the United States will proceed once its investigation is completed.  One of those questions…
  • Mar 8

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month

    36 U.S. and NATO Troops Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldiers in Last 13 Month
    A few weeks ago, two American Army officers were shot to death as they sat at their desks inside the Afghan Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, apparently by a rogue Afghan security officer.  The killer escaped and has not been…
Rank this Week: 4294

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Covers VA benefits. By Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.militaryveteranattorney.com/
  • Feb 26

    Understanding Your Military Service Characterization

    Understanding Your Military Service Characterization
    Are you a military veteran who lives in the Detroit area and have questions about VA Benefits? If so, it is important to understand how your service is characterized because your eligibility for benefits is directly tied to your military…
  • Feb 21

    VA Benefit Increase

    VA Benefit Increase
    Despite the budget battle, the federal government has approved an increase for non-service connected benefits provided by the VA for wartime vets equal to the Social Security annual cost of living adjustment. If you are a Michigan wartime…
  • Feb 14

    VA Benefits for Assisted Living

    VA Benefits for Assisted Living
    Detroit and Grand Rapids area veterans may be eligible to receive VA benefits to supplement the cost of their care for either assisted living, independent living with care, or in home care. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)…
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National Institute of Military…

National Institute of Military Justice

Covers courts-martial (domestic and international), law changes, military commissions and other items of interest to military law practitioners and scholars worldwide.

http://www.nimjblog.org/
  • Sep 21

    ACS

    ACS
    William Lietzau, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy, addresses the American Constitution Society's "9/11 at 10" symposium, marking t
  • Sep 11

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force

    CAAFlog and NIMJ Blog Join Force
    As of Sept. 12, 2011, the National Institute of Military Justice blog will join CAAFlog in a new blog venture, NIMJ blog CAAFlog.
  • Sep 10

    Action at the CMCR

    Action at the CMCR
    h/t Opinio Juris, Kevin Heller comments on, "CMCR invents the war crime of conspiracy," he begins:
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The JAG Hunter

The JAG Hunter

Covers legal deveopments involving the military and military personnel.

http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/
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Veterans' Disability Blog

Veterans' Disability Blog

Covers veterans benefits topics for disabled veterans in Colorado. By Spencer & Spencer, P.C.

http://2spencers.com/veterans-disability-blog
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jun 18

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?
    Q: I was awarded a 10% disability in March 1910. I appealed it and they received the appeal on May 28th, 2010. It has been over 2 years since I have had any response. Is this normal? A: Two years with no response from the VA on a claim for…
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Whitcomb Law Blog

Whitcomb Law Blog

Covers government procurement.

http://whitcomblawpc.com/legal-blogs/
  • Aug 15

    Copyright and a Monkey “SELFIE”

    Copyright and a Monkey “SELFIE”
    Complicated Copyright? Imagine this: a man is on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi taking photos of crested black macaques, when one of the monkeys takes the man’s camera and snaps a couple hundred photos. This isn’t the…
  • Aug 7

    Government Contracts Buzz

    Government Contracts Buzz
    Are Government Contracts Worth the Hype? This week brought with it two notable news stories in the world of government contracts and procurement.  The first ties into an ongoing international tax law issue and the second…
  • Jul 31

    Trademark Trolls: Two Countries…One Tesla Trademark

    Trademark Trolls: Two Countries…One Tesla Trademark
    It is without a doubt that Tesla Motors Inc. has taken over the electric car market. Being the first fully electric spots car with an IPO that raised $226 million for the company when it launched its initial public offering on the NASDAQ, it…
Rank this Week: 1621

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC…

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston BRAC Blog

Covers the challenges and opportunities of Base Realignment and Closure ("BRAC") and its impact on the region's business community from a legal perspective

http://wtpbracblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    Where Everyone Live

    Where Everyone Live
    This is where the Maryland BRAC-related job holders live.- Brad Aaron
  • Sep 15

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here

    It's Over and Where We Go from Here
    Well, today is the official end of BRAC 2005 and Maryland, while continuing to face many challenges from the consolidation, was an overall winner, gaining jobs (and a lot more traffic).While we will continue to follow the repercussions of…
  • Sep 9

    Ominous News for the Mark Center

    Ominous News for the Mark Center
    The Mark Center - which has been an ongoing source of controversy due to the projected inability of the surrounding transportation network to handle the additional BRAC traffic - is now the subject of a disturbing report regarding its…
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